Electronic Health Records and Reimbursement Specialist
The Electronic Health Records and Reimbursement Specialist program is designed to equip the student with the skills necessary to provide excellent support in a Medical Back Office environment and the knowledge to achieve the Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist (CEHRS) and Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) certifications. The registration cost to sit for each of these exams one time is covered by MedCerts. This comprehensive online program prepares them for proper handling of patient data, fundamental records and document management, medical insurance reimbursement, and more. Learn the ICD-9 and the new ICD-10 codes for medical diagnoses and procedures and gain the advantage in the billing and coding market. Upon completion of the program and achieving certification, students may find work in physician offices, insurance billing offices, reference laboratories, urgent care centers, nursing home facilities, wellness clinics, and hospitals.
CEHRS | CBCS
- 24/7 Access to curriculum, including video content, and all course/program supplements and resources for independent study
- Live one-on-one online mentoring support is available Monday-Thursday (8:30am-8:00pm ET), Friday (8:30am-6pm ET) for subject matter inquiries
- Expert-led video-based training is the primary method of learning, with secondary methods that include courseware (text/workbooks), software demos, quizzes and final exams, and more
- MedCerts programs are self-paced, with a suggested minimum number of chapters per week defined for each student
- Welcome Package that contains access to online textbooks and workbooks, course schedules, login credentials, and may include FlashCards, Quick Reference Study Sheets, and/or textbooks that have been authored and published by MedCerts
- Training delivered on a cutting edge Learning Management System (LMS)
- All students receive a personalized one-on-one New Student Orientation prior to beginning their program
- Access to all training material is provided for a full 12 months, for exam preparation, regardless of the duration of the program
- MedCerts Student Support Coordinators are highly skilled, trained and certified, supportive professionals who truly care about each student’s success
- Communication is key! Student progress is monitored on a DAILY BASIS. Personalized assistance is provided by Student Services as needed to help keep them on track
- MedCerts provides Exam Preparation Guides to students upon completion of their program
- Upon completion, students may participate in a one-on-one Exam Preparation Session with a subject matter specialist to prepare for their National Certification Exam(s)
- Our dedicated Certification Exam Coordinator can help each student locate an exam test site and assist with the registration process from start to finish
- HI-1014 Human Anatomy, Physiology and Medical Terminology:
This course is designed to familiarize the student with the language of medicine, through the study of prefixes, suffixes, root words, abbreviation, and pronunciation of words. The curriculum also includes an overview of anatomy and physiology in order to increase the understanding of medical vocabulary. Students will examine the organization of the integumentary, musculoskeletal, hematic, lymphatic and immune, and cardiovascular systems in the human body. They will become familiar with the medical terms that relate to the respiratory, digestive, nervous, endocrine, reproductive, and excretory systems. Students will also examine terms related to the sensory organs, with a concentration on the organs for hearing, sight, and smell. This course will prepare students to better understand spoken and written interactions in all medical environments.
- HI-1015 Insurance Billing and Coding Essentials:
This course covers the skill set and knowledge required to fulfill a position as an Insurance Billing Specialist. This will include an introduction to diagnosis coding (ICD-9 and ICD-10), procedure coding (CPT and HCPCS), billing and reimbursement processes and understanding insurance companies; as well as Medical Insurance Billing as a Career, HIPAA & HITECH, Health Insurance basics, Medical Record Documentation, Electronic Data Exchange, Claim Reimbursement, Fees, BCBS, Managed Care, Private Insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare, CHAMPVA, Workers Compensation, and Disability Income Insurance.
- HI-1018 Electronic Health Records:
This course provides students with the skills and certifications for the development and maintenance of electronic health records in both facility and private practice environments. Upon completion of this course, students will be qualified to sit for the CEHRS, and will have gained the knowledge required to perform a variety of office functions necessary in the digital/electronic age. Students are introduced to, and are provided training and practical application in a variety of areas related to Electronic Health Records. The course will explore the skills and expertise needed for the development and maintenance of electronic health records, along with legal, ethical, and regulatory requirements, HIPAA and HITECH compliance, confidentiality and security, appointment scheduling, and utilizing the Electronic Health Record for administrative, reimbursement, and reporting purposes.
- MS-2000 Microsoft Office Series I:
This set of courses will provide the range of skills needed to create professional-quality documents within an office environment. The content covered includes how to create, edit and enhance documents in Microsoft Word, and how to organize, calculate and analyze information in Microsoft Excel.
- Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist (CEHRS)
A Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist (CEHRS) is the nationally recognized certification for Electronic Health Record Specialists. This program prepares students to use and understand electronic records in a medical setting. The CEHRS is responsible for maintaining the integrity and protecting the privacy and security of patient information.
As a Certified EHR Specialist, you may perform some or all of the following tasks:
- Audit patient records for compliance with legal and regulatory requirements
- Documenting examination information, scheduling treatments, and process laboratory tests
- Abstract clinical information for inclusion in reports such as quality improvement studies
- Perform basic coding to submit claims for reimbursement for insurers
- Process release of information (ROI) requests for medical records
- Review patient records to ensure they are complete, and collect patient demographic and insurance information
Attaining certification as an Electronic Health Records Specialist shows potential employers that the student has the competence and expertise to succeed in this role. Certification will improve job opportunities and the locations for employability, as well as increasing the pay scale.
- Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS)
Certified medical billing/coder specialists work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, outpatient and inpatient clinics, surgical centers, and dental offices. Any place that provides medical services requires the services of a certified medical billing/coder specialist. Certified medical billing/coder specialists work in conjunction with physicians and other medical providers and, in addition to coding services, provide education to providers regarding medical record requirements and conduct chart reviews for completeness.
As a CBCS you may perform some or all of the following tasks:
- Accurately locate documentation in the patient record to support coding and billing process
- Assign codes for diagnoses and procedures
- Submit claims for reimbursement based on payer policies and procedures
- Coach providers on the best documentation practices to support quality coding and optimal reimbursement
Certified specialists are prepared for entry-level employment as an insurance billing specialist and related occupations in the medical industry. Graduates of this program will be employable by private health care practices, clinics, government agencies, insurance companies and other health care facilities.
Attainable Healthcare Positions
- Electronic Health Records Specialist
- Electronic Medical Record Associate
- EMR / EHR Assistant
- Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator
- Health Information/Medical Records Technician
- Records Documentation Specialist
- Medical Records Clerk
- Medical Office Computer Specialist/Assistant
- Medical Billing Specialist
- Healthcare/Medical Insurance Specialist
- Insurance Billing Specialist
- Medical Reimbursement Specialist
- Billing and Coding Support
- Professional Medical Biller
- Physician Biller
- Patient Biller
- Medical Billing Coordinator
- Billing Representative
- Patient Accounts Representative
- Medical/Healthcare Biller
- Check or Charge
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